Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sightsavers works to combat blindness in developing countries.

Sightsavers works to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care. We also support people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counselling and training. We help the people who need it most - those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.
Poverty and blindness

Poverty and blindness deprive people in developing countries of basic human rights. Loss of sight often leads to social exclusion, leaving people who are blind vulnerable to abuse, poverty and early death. Less than half of all children who lose their sight will survive to adulthood.
Restoring sight and hope

In partnership with local organisations in 33 developing countries, we are working to provide services that are tailored to meet the needs of people who are blind or have low vision. In this way we have helped restore sight to more than five million people and treated over 70 million for potentially blinding conditions.

* every five seconds a person goes blind
* 37 million people in the world are blind
* nine out of ten blind people live in the developing world
* 75% of global blindness can be prevented or cured

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